Right Choice Program Certification Process

Enrollment Meeting

The Enrollment Meeting starts your success as a Right Choice builder. All stakeholders in the certification process are required to attend an Enrollment Meeting. The purpose of the meeting is to communicate the process and the value of Right Choice to the builder, HVAC and air sealer/insulation contractors; review the Certification and Warranty Management Processes; and openly discuss questions about the program standards and HVAC load calculations.

Plan Analysis

The builder must submit house plans to Right Choice for each plan to be built. HESM&A, a state-certified mechanical engineer with Errors and Omissions insurance, will calculate the heating and cooling load based on ASHRAE Fundamentals and also prepare the ResCheck, Georgia Energy Code Compliance Certificate, for each plan. This service is an added benefit from Jackson EMC.

Model Walk-Through

When the first home for each floor plan reaches the dry-in phase and before the rough-in phase, Right Choice will meet on-site with the builder and HVAC and air sealer/insulation contractors and conduct a walk-through to discuss how each trade intends to install their products. The discussion will include proposed duct design and layout, HVAC unit sizing, air sealing requirements, and suggestions for a successful Pre-Insulation Inspection.

Pre-Insulation Inspection

This inspection must occur before wall insulation is installed. At the Pre-Insulation Inspection, the HVAC contractor should have the duct system fully assembled and sealed with mastic. The air sealer contractor must have completed all blocking and air sealing. A Right Choice technician will visually inspect for proper air sealing and duct installation, and will pressure test the duct system for tightness with the Duct Blaster.

Final Inspection

This inspection must occur after house has a permanent power meter and after HVAC system start-up, preferably before closing. A Right Choice technician will perform a blower door test to check the home's air tightness, perform an e-Scan test to check for proper air distribution from the HVAC system, check the thermostat for proper function, and will visually verify appropriate air sealing, insulation, equipment size, and moisture control.


Once the home passes its Final Inspection, the builder is approved for the rebate and the home receives Jackson EMC's Energy Advantage Rate. Right Choice warranties begin when the home closes. Our Right Choice Customer Relationship Manager is your homebuyer's single point of contact for warranty delivery, review and claims process. The energy warranty states that the annual energy used to heat and cool the house will be below a certain kWh amount and is valid for 3 years. The comfort warranty states that the temperature in the middle of every room must stay within 3 degrees of the temperature setting at the thermostat location for that zone, and is valid for 1 year. The comfort performance is based on average annual weather data. Warranties and Jackson EMC's Energy Advantage Rate are transferable.